Excavation of a Chambered Cairn at Ham, Caithness, and of a Hut-Circle and Two Earth-Houses at Freswick Links, Caithness. With a Note on a Winged Horse carved on one of the Lintels in the Earth-House at Crichton Mains, Midlothian

Arthur Edwards (Author)


Keyword(s):
Pottery, Hearth, Chamber, Saddle Quern, Limpet Shells, Winged Horse, Skull, Mandible, Floor, Fish Bones, Entranceway Limpet Shells, Sherds, Chambers, Round Cairn
Period(s):
Roman

Abstract


Excavation of a round cairn at Ham revealed a single chamber and an entranceway. The presence of only limpet shells and fish bones within the chamber suggested that it had been re-used as a habitation. A stone-built hut circle had an entrance, a paved floor and a possible hearth. Two earth-houses lay side by side and were of broadly similar form with two chambers and an entranceway. Limpet shells were found in both structures. The larger earth-house also contained the skull and mandible of a child, a saddle quern and rubber. A few sherds of pottery were found outside. One of the lintels in the chamber of an earth-house at Crichton Mains has the carved figure of a pegasus or winged horse.

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Published
30-11-1925
How to Cite
Edwards, A. (1925). Excavation of a Chambered Cairn at Ham, Caithness, and of a Hut-Circle and Two Earth-Houses at Freswick Links, Caithness. With a Note on a Winged Horse carved on one of the Lintels in the Earth-House at Crichton Mains, Midlothian. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 59, 85-95. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/7641
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